Key Campaigns and Sample Searches


Over the last 30 years The Independent has taken strong campaigning positions on issues such as the legalisation of drugs, the War on Terror and environmental issues – in the case of the latter, arguably doing so earlier and more frequently than any other paper.

In British politics, it has been a strong advocate of electoral reform, arguing that the UK’s first-past-the-post system and unelected House of Lords are not suited to a modern democracy.

In 2004 The Independent was again named newspaper of the year in recognition of its "constant and brave" editorial stance.

Key campaigns include:

  • Against the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

  • Criticism of US and UK foreign and domestic policy related to the War on Terror following the September 11th attacks.

  • Demands for UN intervention in Sarajevo in 1993, following the collapse of Yugoslavia.

  • Support for electoral reform.

  • Raising awareness of environmental issues, especially highlighting the dangers of climate change.

  • Against the introduction of ID cards.

  • Support for immigration to the UK, distinguishing itself against the mainstream British press.

  • The 1997 campaign in the Independent on Sunday for the decriminalisation of cannabis. The paper subsequently reversed its opinion a decade later because of stronger strains of “skunk” being smoked by young people.

We have created a number of sample searches, from key campaigns mentioned here, such as Osama Bin Laden; UK Immigration and Climate Change. Click here to view a small glimpse of the rich variety of images and copy found in The Independent Digital Archive.

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